Skip to comments.Giant Spiders Spark Panic in Northeast India
Posted on 06/22/2012 10:41:49 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Officials say colonies of giant biting spiders have attacked villagers and sparked panic in remote northeast India. But they say locals' attempts to treat the painful swelling caused by the bites may be more dangerous than the spiders themselves.
Two bite victims have died in Tinsukia district. Authorities say it is unclear whether they died from venom or from treatment by witch doctors who cut them with razor blades to drain the wounds. Local magistrate Kishore Thakuria said the victims were cremated before autopsies could be done.
Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Ratul Rajkhowa, a professor at the Department of Zoology of Cotton College in Guwahati, holds a dead spider that was the alleged species that killed two people in Assam, June 4.
Another seven bite victims have been treated with antibiotics against infection after they also tried to drain their wounds, said Anil Phapowali, a doctor at the local Sadiya town hospital.
The hairy spiders were first noticed about a month ago across Tinsukia district's grassy plains and dense jungle forests north of the Brahmaputra River.
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Call Jeff Daniels, he always seems to have the answer for angry spiders and charging Alabamians and Texans.
This is old and has been put through the FR humor mill. Yawn.
We need some hobbits to take care of this problem. Bilbo or at least samwise.
Damn shame! Me and some of my college buddys and our girlfirends were going out there this weekend to have a camp-out.
Ah, what the hay, its just spiders. I think we’ll go anyway.
Where is Sam Gamgee when you need him. Check the local tavern.
Really... what could go wrong?
The same story is free here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57447249/giant-hairy-spider-attacks-spark-panic-in-india/
Or give cameras to all the spiders.
Alec Baldwin will take care of it.
“I say we nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.” — Pakistan
If I saw that I’d burn my f’ing house down...
The soldiers in Afghanistan are having to put up with Camel Spiders. Their bite is really bad too.
A friend said several had invaded her sleeping quarters there. They are really horrible things and if you check them out on the web you will see that for yourself.
The Camel spider can run at 10 mph and chases after people trying to get in the shade of their shadow.
Nuthin’ I haven’t seen on Gilligan’s Island...
>>Ah, what the hay, its just spiders. I think well go anyway.<<
Have a swell time!
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